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Hernán Diaz del Castillo
International Structural Fiancial Manager, Banco Internacional de Costa Rica

Following an approach and vision aligned with the principles of sustainability, the International Bank of Costa Rica has been one of the leading commercial banks in the region for the development of renewable energy projects. Almost 70 % of the loan portfolio managed by structuring your area are concentrated in project finance type loans for renewable energy projects. Within this portfolio of active projects are among others: The first phase of Union Eolica Panama , Orosi – Wind in Costa Rica, Oxec – Hidroelectrica in Guatemala , Blue Power – Wind in Nicaragua , among others ; and they are in stages of structuring and syndication significant wind , solar and biomass projects in the region . Syndications department is led by Hernan Diaz del Castillo who has a master’s degree in Management of Sustainable Development and extensive experience in the financial sector and investment sector.

Guillermo Zuñiga
National Commissioner, Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE Mexico)

Attorney admitted to practice law in Mexico from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in 2001, with a Master Degree in Regulation from the London School of Economics and a Master Degree in Laws (LLM) from the University of Chicago.

Mr. Zuñiga´s professional career has been developed for more than 14 years in the public sector. He has held leadership, management and legal positions at the Energy Ministry, Mexican Petroleum (Pemex), Federal Commission of Electricity (CFE), and the Federal Competition Commission (CFC).

He has been a Part-Time Professor at the ITAM for almost 5 years in subjects related to economics law and energy. Mr. Zuñiga is  currently a reader in Energy Law at the ITAM School of Law and a lecturer in Regulatory Policy at the Graduate School of Public Management of the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico City.

Since 2013, Mr. Zuñiga is National Commissioner at the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), Presidential appointee with Senate confirmation for a five year term.

He was recognized as one of the 100 most influential leaders of the energy industry in Mexico, for the year 2014, by Petróleo & Energía Business Magazine.

Ramon Candia
Lead Investment Officer, CIFI - Corporación Interamericana para el Financiamiento de Infraestructura

Ramon Candia is the Lead Investment Officer at CIFI – Corporación Interamericana para el Financiamiento de Infraestructura. Prior to this he was a Senior Advisor to Emerging Energy & Environment Investment Group (EEEIG). Before joining EEEIG he was leading the investment efforts in the renewable energy and clean technology sector for Grupo ECOS, a leading investment fund active in Latin America and other regions. He also managed the portfolio of the fund that included investments in other industries. Ramon has been active investing in companies and infrastructure projects in wind, solar, energy efficiency and energy storage in different regions of the world.

He has over 15 years of experience of which over ten have been in the Private Equity and M&A business. He is a German / Venezuelan national living today in Panama. He received an MBA from Purdue University.

Jacobo Mecker
President, Amexhidro – Asociacion Mexicana de Energia Hidroelectrica

  • President of the Mexican Hydroelectric Association (2009 – Present)
  • Member of the “Consejo Consultivo de la Energías Renovables”  Mexico
  • Partner and Commercial director at COMEXHIDRO (2001 – Present)
  • Development of 8 Renewable energy projects hydro and  wind
  • Partner in ASERGEN SC (2007 – Present)
  • Management and CDM development for 4 hydroelectric Projects
  • Partner in México solar (2000 – Present)
  • Installation of solar water heating systems and PV projects


  • BA – Industrial Engineer from the Universidad Iberoamericana (México)
  • MBA – IPADE Business school (Mexico)

Luis Cerna
Regional Market Director of Regulation and Operations, Cuestamoras Comercializadora Electrica, S.A.

Luis has 15 years of experience in planning, operation and strategic marketing in wholesale electricity markets in Central America. He worked in the Wholesale Market Administrator Electricity Guatemala where he performed tasks real-time operation (CDC -AMM ) , daily planning and measurement of electrical power. He taught academic teaching at the University of San Carlos of Guatemala and Rafael Landivar University. He was appointed unpaid adviser to the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Guatemala in support of regulatory changes in 2007. Served as director of the Union of Large Users of Electric Energy Guatemala during the periods 2011-2014 and 2014-2015 organization attached to Chamber of Industry of Guatemala. Professionally he serves as Regional Manager of Regulation and Operation of Power Markets in Cuestamoras Comercializadora, S.A.

Manuel Urena
Costa Rica Country Manager, Excelergy

Manuel Urena has worked since 2002 in own work energy trading in the Regional Electricity Market. Since 2012 he serves as Excelergy Representative in Costa Rica, from where it manages and promotes energy trading with the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad – ICE. Also, the company collaborates on issues under negotiation contracts with different agents in Central America, adding value issues advice on business opportunities in different countries of the region.

Manuel Urena was commercial executive at the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad.

Mr. Urena is a Civil Engineer from the University of Costa Rica and has a Diploma in Management of the Central American Institute of Business Administration – INCAE and Electricity Markets Diplomando in the Technological Institute of Morelia, Mexico. It also plays with Virtual Instructor Training Program of the Latin American Energy Organization – OLADE.

Marvin Hernandez
Executive Director, Excelergy

Marvin Hernandez is since 2001 the Executive Director of the energy trading company Excelergy, S. A. de CV, based in the Republic of El Salvador. Excelergy is a company active in the Regional Electricity Market – MER and has pioneered the sale of electricity to end users in El Salvador, based on demand for the industrial, commercial and residential sectors. The relevance of the operation of the company is the supply of energy at competitive prices, with a direct and personal attention and service as an added value to the customer.

Marvin Hernandez was President of the Board of the Transactions Unit (UT), administrator and operator of the Wholesale Electricity Market of El Salvador, during the period 2011-2012. It is since 2004 Director of the Board of the Transactions Unit and Founder of the Association of Independent Traders of El Salvador, 2005.

Mr. Hernandez is an Electrical Engineer Jose Simeon Canas Central American University of El Salvador and has a Master in Finance Graduate Institute of Spain.

Ing. Gustavo Adolfo Bernal
Sub General Manager, ETESA (Empresa de Trasmisión Eléctrica Panamá)

Born in the city of Boquete, starting his primary studies in the School Pius XII, continuing at the St. Vincent de Paul School in the City of David, where he graduated Bachelor of Science and Letters.

He began studying engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of the University of Panama, finished them in the Technological University of Panama as Electromechanical Engineer. He then executed a Post Graduate in Management and a Masters in Business Administration majoring in Formulation and Evaluation.

He has held positions as Sales Engineer, Sales Manager, Project Manager, General Manager and Deputy Regional Director of Panamanian and foreign companies, specialists in Power Systems, Transmission Lines, Substations and Communications Systems.

Among the projects in which he has participated include: Thermoelectric Generators, Water, Solar and Wind Power. Transmission lines and overhead and underground distribution, up to 230 kv and 44 underground Air kv. Projects that have been made throughout the country, including places like the Baru Volcano, the Central Cordillera, Costa Abajo de Colon, Guna Yala, Darien to Pinogana and Boca de Cupe.

Among the clients it has served facilities are: the Corps of Engineers of the United States, IRHE, INTEL, ETESA Canal Commission Panama, United States Air Force, MIT, PTP, BellSouth, Alsthom Telspace, TriComm, Digicel, SEMI and SK Engineering & Construction LTD.

Professor of the Technological University of Panama has taught subjects such as Circuits, Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Costs and Budgets, Electrical and Lighting Design, Design Lines and Substations, power-system protection. In the USMA, Active Networks and Filters, Control Theory I and II.

He has been President of the IEEE, Director of the School of Electrical Engineers, Mechanical and Industry, Chairman of the Energy Commission member before the CONADE, alternate member of the Technical Board of Engineers and Architects President, and Secretary General of the Panamanian Society engineers and Architects.

He has received awards Eminent Engineer of the Latin American Region Power Engineering Society (PES) and the IEEE.

Luis Galan
Operations Director, AES Panama

Luis Antonio Galán is the Operations Director for Central America overseeing the Panamanians Chiriquí Hydroelectric Complex, Bayano reservoir and hydroelectric facility and Changuinola I hydroelectric plant.  Also, Galán is responsible for Estrella del Mar I’s thermo electric generation barge (Panamá) and Nejapa’s biomass generation plant (El Salvador).  Galán is responsible for the operation, environmental and stakeholder management of entire plants AES owns in Panamá, with 777 megawatts of installed capacity, located in the provinces of Chiriquí, Colón, Panamá and Bocas del Toro and for the operation of the XXMW plant located in El Salvador.

Since joining AES Panama in 2012, Galán has spearheaded the process of implementing an occupational health, safety and environment standards Integrated Management System to the operation of the Changuinola I hydroelectric plant, as well as the integration of AES Changuinola into the AES Panama organizational, operational and commercial structure, while strengthening relations with direct-influence communities in Gualaca, Boquete and Changuinola.

Prior to AES Panama, Galán served at Mexican cement giant Cemex, gaining valuable experience in process engineering, operations, plant management and in ISO 9000 (quality control), ISO 14001 (environment), ISO 17025 (laboratory), and Highly Protected Risks certifications for the company’s operations in Panama, Spain, United States, and the United Kingdom, where he last served as plant director of their cement plant in Rugby, England.

Galán holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Metropolitan Autonomous University, in Mexico and graduate degrees in management and human resources from the Technological University of Panama and the Latin American University of Science and Technology, respectively.

Diane Barr
President, Camas, LLC

Ms. Barr has worked in the hydroelectric industry for over 20 years managing environmental programs for large and small utilities. She has successfully negotiated multiple controversial environmental issues addressing concerns from the public as well as the national regulators.  Throughout her career she has developed and implemented ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems. An EMS is a systematic and process driven approach to controlling those aspects of owning and operating a hydroelectric facility that can have an impact on the environment.  The system is proven to assist business owners and managers in understanding their environmental responsibilities, conveying their commitment within their organization and externally to stakeholders (public, regulators, investors), while being able to manage and control the associated risks. Ms. Barr is the owner of CamasConsulting, supporting the energy industry with environmental and regulatory services. Information can be obtained at www.camasllc.com

Oscar Kafati
Member of the Board of Directors, Asociación Hondureña de Productores de Energía Renovable (AHPER)

General Manager and Shareholder of Promotora de Generación de Energía Limpia S.A. (PROGELSA), a privately owned Honduran energy company with investments in two hydropower projects; Petacón I & II. He is also a Shareholder and member of the Board of Directors in Generadora Los Cerros S.A. (GENEC), promoter of the Jícaro I & II hydropower projects. He serves as a member of the Board of Directos of AHPEE, the Honduran Association of Producers of Electrical Energy, a non-governmental organization who’s objective is to work closely with government officials, private business, industry, financial institutions and the civil society in order to overcome any obstacles that restrict the development of renewable energy projects, such as the adequacy of the legal framework, financial barriers, technical skills, and social and environmental development. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Asociacion Hondureña de Productores de Energia Electrica (AHPEE) a non-governmental organization that representes all the private energy projects in Honduras. He has a Masters in International Finance form the Escuela de Alta Dirección y Administración (EADA) at Barcelona, Spain and a Masters in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency from the Instituto Madrileño de Formación (IMF) at Madrid, Spain.

Percy Garrido
Comercial Director, Enel Green Power

Electrical and Electronic Engineer, graduated from the Technological University of Panama, with a Master of Business Administration. He is the author of a book on Design Electric and some publications in journals of international circulation on issues related to the management of power grids. He has over 15 years experience in the field of electricity market.

He worked at the National Dispatch Center, in the area of operational planning and implementation of management applications domestic energy resource integrated system, developing some applications that today are part of the regulations the Panamanian electricity market.

In his experience in private generation it has gathered knowledge in various generation technologies such as internal combustion engines, steam turbines operating with bunker and coal, combined cycle, hydro generation and reservoir water edge and photovoltaic generation. With outstanding shares in the promotion of projects currently operating in the amount of total investment exceeding US $ 800 million generation.

It is a reference in the regional energy market, linked in 10 of the last 12 years with the highest level of exports and imports of energy from Panama.

Member of Operating Committee, the technical body responsible for the operational regulation of the electricity market, with distinction for 13 consecutive years.

Mauricio Alfonso Arévalo
Founder and Vice President, La Asociación Salvadoreña de Energías Renovables (ASER)

Electrical Engineer, graduate of the Universidad Centroamericana Jose Simeon Canas (UCA) and Master in Business Administration Central American Institute of Business Administration (INCAE).

20 years of experience in the design, construction and operation of Small Hydropower. He currently serves as founder member and vice president of La Asociación Salvadoreña de Energías Renovables (ASER)   and also Production Manager and new projects of the company Sensunapán S.A. de C.V. and as an independent consultant in the design of Small Hydropower.

Joachim A. Gloschat, Jr.
Senior Security and Intelligence Analyst, Gannett Fleming, Inc.

For over 32 years, Mr. Gloschat has worked in the Intelligence community both as a Counterintelligence Army officer and in concert with multiple government agencies. He is currently a Colonel in the Army with 17 years Active Duty and 15 Reserve. He has mobilized and deployed multiple times with Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. He has worked as a private security consultant for over 9 years. He is a primary instructor for the ASIS International Professional Security Professional Review Course. He has worked with federal agencies such as Interagency Forum for Infrastructure Protection, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Corps of Engineers (USACE), Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO). He was a primary developer and instructor of a national dam security Best Management Practices guide for ASDSO. He was a primary contributor to and lead instructor of the Dam Assessment Matrix for Security and Vulnerability Risk (DAMSVR) methodology for FERC. Following 9/11, he was one of 50 Soldiers selected to conduct Antiterrorism Force Protection assessments on the Nation’s critical infrastructure.

Ing. Marco Juanchuto
Commercial Manager LatAm, ASI Hydro

Engineer in Marketing from the Universidad Diego Portales, Diploma in Management Control Universidad de Chile, Coach licensed business in Mexico (ActionCOACH) with vast experience as Manager of Sales and Marketing, Sales, Sales Manager, Management Control, companies nationals in various industrial applications such as production, telecommunications, construction / real estate sectors. Extensive experience in business management, marketing and sales; in strategic planning; and management control. Proven ability in increasing sales, design, implementation and management of business strategies and leading teams of high performance work. Currently Partner of DS Group, a company formed in 2004 as a specialist in maritime rescue and commercial diving with national coverage. They offer services in the underwater environment, highlighting the following; Robotics for the salmon industry, robotics for inspection Hydropower Tunnel, Maritime Salvage and sale of specialized equipment.

Elena Pummer
Research Associate, Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management, RWTH Aachen University

Luis Guillermo Pineda Bernal
National Commissioner, Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE Mexico)

He graduated in Law from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), holds a Master in Public Management, from the Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) and a doctorate in public administration from the Atlantic International University in the United States of America.

In addition, has developed graduate studies at the Center for Research and Economic Docencias and the Ipade of the Universidad Panamericana.

In his long career, he served as Chairman of the Federal Board of Conciliation and Arbitration No. 37, in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, and was entrusted to the Public Service Conciliation national level that court.

He has held various positions, including, Head of Internal Control and Owner of the areas of responsibilities and Complaints, both in Pemex Petrochemical and Head of the areas of responsibilities and Complaints Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit distinguished; also he served as Private Secretary of the Contadora Staff of the Legislative Assembly of the Federal District, among other public positions.

In the educational field, he has been professor in the subjects of Introduction to the study of law at the Faculty of Law and professor at the School of Accounting and Administration, both at UNAM.

It was ratified by the Senate as Commissioner of the Energy Regulatory Commission on April 28, 2016, for a period of 7 years of annual succession with the possibility of being reappointed.